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Victoria County on track to get modern mobile command center

By DAVID TEWES
Jan. 3, 2011 at 4 p.m.
Updated Jan. 2, 2011 at 7:03 p.m.


IN OTHER ACTIONThe commissioners court also approved a $1.48 million agreement with the city of Victoria.

That clears the way for the Victoria Fire Department to provide fire, rescue and emergency medical services in rural parts of the county.

Victoria County could have a custom high-tech mobile command center at its disposal in time for the start of the 2011 hurricane season.

The commissioners court Monday awarded a $245,708 contract to Clegg Industries of Victoria for a communications van and a command center trailer. Clegg was the only bidder.

Sheriff T. Michael O'Connor said money for the project will come from a U.S. Department of Homeland Security grant.

"The bid is right on the mark," he said. "We're going to use every bit of the money we've got allocated to us."

John Clegg with Clegg Industries said building the specialized equipment is nothing unusual for his business.

"We build these specialized vehicles and ship them all over the world," he said. "It's just nice to have one close to home to do."

The mobile command center will consist of a 53-foot tractor-trailer rig with two meeting rooms, a galley, restrooms and communications.

Clegg's contract calls for him to complete the project in 120 days. The sheriff said that will give his office time to deal with any problems that come up and to train staff how to use the equipment before the start of hurricane season on June 1.

O'Connor became concerned last month when the commissioners court met to receive bids on the project. One company declined to bid and it appeared that Clegg's bid was late, leaving the commissioners court unable to award a contract.

O'Connor said a delay of another 30 days could have cost him the grant money.

The county's contract legal firm of Cullen, Carsner, Seerden and Cullen of Victoria reviewed the situation with the late bid. It noted the court reserved the right to waive such irregularities in bids and cleared the court to give Clegg the contract.

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